Randy Alcorn's Blog: Writing

When Is a Book Really Finished Being Written?

By Randy Alcorn | April 1, 2016
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned over the years about writing (and rewriting) is that it’s hard work. It’s energizing and draining, something I love to do and hate to do, something that’s never done because I can always continue to improve on it, but eventually I have to turn it in. 

Why I Write Big, Small and Medium-sized Books

By Randy Alcorn | November 23, 2015
Why write different sized books on one subject? Because they’re designed to reach different audiences with varying interests and preferences. It’s my joy and privilege to write different books on different subjects for different people, meeting different needs.

The Life-Long Process of Mastering Your Writing Skills

By Randy Alcorn | August 7, 2015
Anything that’s easy to read is usually hard to write. What’s easy to write is hard to read. I heard one author say, “Writing is like giving birth to barbed wire.” Writing is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.

Why I Write Fiction, and Creativity in Writing

By Randy Alcorn | February 4, 2011
For a long time Christians were reticent to enter the field of fiction writing. Although fiction had been popular in the secular field for a long time, it was sparse in Christian publishing. 

Tips on Writing from C.S. Lewis

By Randy Alcorn | December 6, 2010
Related to writing, my friend Justin Taylor posted this a few months ago on his excellent blog. Loving Lewis as I do, I've heard it before, but part of it not for years.

C.S. Lewis's Influence on My Life and Writing, part 2

By Randy Alcorn | August 13, 2010
In my last blog, I wrote about one of my three pilgrimages to Oxford. Each visit I’ve pondered what Lewis wrote: “You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen…I gave in and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England.”

Christian Book Expo, and "Stunned by J. I. Packer"

By Randy Alcorn | March 24, 2009
Sunday night Nanci and I returned from the Christian Book Expo in Dallas where I did a number of book signings, and was involved in three upfront presentations/panels. 

ICRS Christian Booksellers Convention 2008

By Randy Alcorn | July 28, 2008
Every July I leave Oregon at one of its most beautiful times of the year, to spend a week of my life in a very hot place, such as Atlanta, or this year, Orlando. I'm glad to do it, just wish it was in January!